Taylor-Lauridsen Playground Park

  • 704 W. 42nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tricia Boruta
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6729

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

History

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

Parking/Directions

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Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Taylor-Lauridsen Diamond

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Taylor-Lauridsen Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Hours: , ,

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Taylor-Lauridsen Fitness Center

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Notes: M-F 9:30am-8:30pm, Sat 9:30-3:30 ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Taylor-Lauridsen Football Field

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Taylor-Lauridsen Gymnasium

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Taylor-Lauridsen Clubroom

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Playground

Taylor-Lauridsen PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Taylor-Lauridsen Sprinkler

Location Notes: 704 W. 42nd St. Chicago IL 60609

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 92227OpenSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 60Coed2014/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Taylor-Lauridsen 92226OpenSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 60Coed2014/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$10.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 110637InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Taylor-Lauridsen 110639InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 92375Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Male2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Basketball League at Taylor-Lauridsen 92238Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Male2014/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$200.00
Chair Exercise at Taylor-Lauridsen 92557InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 92861InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Taylor-Lauridsen 110644InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 22:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Floor Hockey at Taylor-Lauridsen 110633InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Floor Hockey at Taylor-Lauridsen 110635InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$5.00
Moms, Dads & Tots Gymnastics at Taylor-Lauridsen 111539InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least but less than 3Coed2014/09/17 15:15From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 94293InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 9Female2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Recreational Tumbling at Taylor-Lauridsen 94294InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 6Female2014/09/15 21:45From September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Taylor-Lauridsen 111536InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$10.00
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 94485OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2014 to November 24, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Taylor-Lauridsen 94486OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 94707InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Taylor-Lauridsen 110645InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 95425InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 112143Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball40 and upFemale2014/09/09 23:00From September 9, 2014 to November 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$100.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 95427Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 13Female2014/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$200.00
Volleyball at Taylor-Lauridsen 95426Team_LeagueSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 15Female2014/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 7:30pm
$200.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 110641InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$12.00
Yoga at Taylor-Lauridsen 110643InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/09/18 00:30From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$12.00

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Description

Located in the New City Community Area, Taylor-Lauridsen Park totals [4.68] acres and features a new state-of-the-art field house, completed in 2010 which houses a gymnasium, fitness center and meeting rooms. Outside, the park offers a soft surface playground, athletic field for football or soccer and baseball field. Many of these spaces are available for rental. Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility.After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Taylor-Lauridsen Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as holiday events.

The New City community grew up around Chicago's world-renowned Union Stock Yards, founded in 1865. By the first decades of the 20th century, the stock yards and related industries had brought successive waves of immigrant laborers into the neighborhood. New City's population reached 92,659 in 1920. In 1922, the city's Bureau of Parks and Recreation decided to establish a much-needed park in the northeast corner of the neighborhood. However, condemnation proceedings delayed development for more than five years. Finally, in 1928, the bureau improved the site with a gravel-surfaced playground and ball diamond, an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter, and a small office building with open sand court wings. In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool. In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. After paving the playground in 1964, the park district made more extensive improvements in the late 1980s and 1990s, constructing a soft surface playground and enclosing the park with ornamental fencing. The park and adjacent Graham Elementary School are jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education. The park was long known as Boyce Field. In September, 1976, the park district renamed the site Taylor-Lauridsen Park at the request of numerous community groups and organizations. The new name honors highly-regarded neighborhood residents John Taylor and Emil Lauridsen, who were murdered on March 13, 1976 after stepping in to help a 15-year-old who was being attacked by four assailants.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.